Records are created when land is sold, transferred, used, disputed, or recorded. This means that land records are incredibly rich sources of information. However, because these materials also have the reputation of being dense and complex, many people are intimidated by them. (We certainly were when we started working with them!) But the fact is that any researcher can find success in learning more about places and the people who lived there.
During this session, we are going to share some of what we have learned through working with researchers and on our own projects, including:
- An overview of different types of land records, why they exist, and how they can differ (city vs. farmland, for example)
- Where to find these records: in person, at a distance, or online
- How to read and understand different record-types and formats, including useful terminology and tips for using legal, technical, valuation, and visual materials
- What can be learned by combining records with each other and by adding larger historical context
- Ways to learn about land from non-land records, and the opposite: gleaning non-land information from land records
- Tips and tricks for research methods and processes
We will be focusing on Minnesota-based records, but much of the information can be transferred to help with research in other states. Questions are very welcome!
Jennifer Wagner and Jenny McElroy
Reference Librarians at the Minnesota Historical Society
This event will be streamed online. A link to the YouTube video will be sent to all members one week prior.
Depending on COVID regulations, there will be availability to watch the meeting from the Minnesota Genealogy Center in Mendota Heights. More specific information will be posted in early Fall.
Not a PGS-MN member and want to join us? For only $5, join us by completing the online guest application, which will then link you to pay online.